To complete a triangulation of London, I visited Enfield in the North and the home of an ambitious plan, Garden Enfield, set out by Enfield Borough Council and aiming to establish a sizeable, vibrant and sustainable market gardening industry in Enfield and neighbouring Lee Valley………………..click on the post title or image to find out more.
Sitting as it does on a 7.1 acre smallholding to the south of London just outside Crawley, with views towards the skyline of central London and the monstrous homes of the UK financial sector in Canary Wharf, Sutton Community Farm is a community-owned farm formed with the simple purpose increasing local access to fresh, healthy, sustainable food ……………….click on the post title or image to find out more.
Less than five years ago Dagenham Farm was a site of concrete and glass, designed to produce municipal plants for the borough. Today it is a highly productive centre of salad and vegetable growing using sustainable and soil enriching practices throughout. The site is leased by Growing Communities ……………….click on the post title or image to find out more.
Right across the borough of Hackney in north east London there is a ‘patchwork’ of sites which produce salad and related crops on what otherwise would be derelict disused land. The crops are then sold within the borough. The scheme is one of the outputs of Growing Communities………………click on the post title or image to find out more..